Things to do: Al Franken at State, “Urinetown” at USM
Joël LeVasseur – “Landscape paradox: river of life, river of death”
8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Friday. Until April 1. University of New England Campus Center, 11 Hills Beach Road, Biddeford. a.edu
Head to Biddeford for an exhibition by Maine artist Joël LeVasseur that examines barriers in the rural landscape and their role in the loss of natural environments. The artist, who lives in Damariscotta, says “Paradox of Landscape: River of Life, River of Death” captures his interest in what he describes as the irreversible changes that result from the socio-political realities of development. He also said that much of his creative process and material sourcing methods came from walking, when he collected discarded materials from Maine beaches, state parks and along highways. public.
7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 7:30 p.m. Friday, 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Until March 20. Good Theater at St. Lawrence Arts Center, 76 Congress St., Portland, $27, $34. goodtheatre.com
Make a plan to see a romantic comedy written by Joshua Harmon that explores the complex world of modern dating through the life of lead character Jorden Berman. Berman finds refuge with his three friends as he searches for his Mr. Right. Thomas Ian Campbell stars in “Significant Other” with Casey Turner, Heather Elizabeth Irish, Erica Murphy, Jared Mongeau and Jay Mack. The show premiered off-Broadway in 2015 and premiered on Broadway in 2017. Now you can catch it in Maine.
7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, 1 p.m. Sunday. Until March 12. Russell Hall at the University of Southern Maine, Gorham, $10-$22 with selected pay-per-view performances. usm.maine.edu/theatre
Catch the Tony Award-winning musical ‘Urinetown’ in Gorham. The show satirizes greed, social responsibility, personal freedom and bureaucracy and is set in a drought-ravaged landscape where a basic bodily function can get you in big trouble. Musical numbers include “It’s a Privilege to Pee”, “Don’t Be the Bunny”, “Run, Freedom, Run!” and “We are not sorry”. Presented by USM’s Theater Department and Osher School of Music, “Urinetown” is recommended for viewers 13 and older, as the show includes depictions of violence and images referencing suicide. The 7 p.m. shows on March 5 and 11 will be broadcast live.
8 p.m. Sunday. March 6. State Theater, 609 Congress St., Portland, reserved seating $45-$65. statetheatreportland.com
Prior to his stint as U.S. senator from 2009 to 2018, Al Franken worked for 15 years as a writer for Saturday Night Live. Franken has won five Emmy Awards for writing and producing and is the author of four #1 New York Times bestsellers. Franken also won a pair of Grammy awards for spoken word comedy albums in 1997 and 2004, and he currently hosts the Al Franken podcast.